Grand Theft Auto V video game glitch lets players ride down skyscrapers

Laws of physics take a holiday

by John Stevenson   January 23, 2014  

Riding down a skyscraper in Grand Theft Auto V

Ride your bike off a skyscraper and you’d expect to not so much ride as plummet to a very messy death. That’s the way it’s supposed to work in ‘realistic’ video games too, but a glitch in Grand Theft Auto V means players can cheerfully ride down the side of skyscrapers.

Apparently, the game’s physics engine interprets falling off a building on a bike as riding down the side of it, and doesn’t take into account the small matter of a vertical slope not being something you can ride down even if you’re Danny MacAskill.

According to games website MotoringCrunch.com, riding down skyscrapers in now the happening thing in the game’s online multiplayer mode.

Developer Rockstar Games is expected to fix the glitch soon, so if you’re a gamer and want to find out what it’s like to ride down a skyscraper, you’d better move quickly, or watch this animated GIF:

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Even though this sort of incredibly irresponsible behaviour that promotes all people except me because I am me to throw themselves off high buildings with bikes without thinking about the risks I am heartened to see that the protagonist is wearing a helmet which would no doubt protect a cyclist falling from 800ft and I for one long for the innocence of long winter clubruns without the threat of watt meters or falling off buildings and if you don't believe me I once rode down the Empire State Building on an old red 7 speed Rourke in Reynolds tubing and if it wasn't for my helmet I feel certain I would have died and I demand an apology.

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posted by aslongasicycle [365 posts]
23rd January 2014 - 16:55

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Do the brakes work?

posted by farrell [1877 posts]
23rd January 2014 - 17:05

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aslongasicycle wrote:
Even though this sort of incredibly irresponsible behaviour that promotes all people except me because I am me to throw themselves off high buildings with bikes without thinking about the risks I am heartened to see that the protagonist is wearing a helmet which would no doubt protect a cyclist falling from 800ft and I for one long for the innocence of long winter clubruns without the threat of watt meters or falling off buildings and if you don't believe me I once rode down the Empire State Building on an old red 7 speed Rourke in Reynolds tubing and if it wasn't for my helmet I feel certain I would have died and I demand an apology.

Take heart though, at least you weren't cut by the rough edge of a split velopac...

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posted by notfastenough [3691 posts]
23rd January 2014 - 17:09

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I am loving the gif, I wonder if we can see something like that in Road Bike Party 3....

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posted by Gkam84 [9317 posts]
24th January 2014 - 1:33

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Reminds me of my commute, unfortunately the "downhill" segment has been flagged on Strava as hazardous.

posted by Wolfshade [135 posts]
24th January 2014 - 10:03

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I reckon that counts as strava terrorism, and it's definitely against their community guidelines

posted by argotittilius [24 posts]
24th January 2014 - 11:27

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I always knew cyclists had super powers

posted by jarredscycling [457 posts]
24th January 2014 - 18:43

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The cycling in GTAV is pretty funny in general.

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posted by Raleigh [1734 posts]
25th January 2014 - 19:11

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